Orkney to get attractive local energy tariff through £28.5m scheme. An “attractive local energy tariff” is to be launched in Orkney this year after a £28.5 million “world first” scheme to maximise the benefits of the islands’ renewable power production for residents was given the go-ahead for its next stage of development. The Reflex Orkney project aims to integrate electricity, transport and heat networks, using advanced software to balance demand and supply from wind and marine generation, with the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating reliance on fossil fuels. Following a feasibility study, a local energy company is now being set up to offer advice to households and businesses, as well as “affordable leasing options” for new domestic and commercial batteries, electric vehicles and charging points in Orkney. Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (Emec), the consortium behind the project includes locally-based renewables companies Aquatera and Solo Energy, Community Energy Scotland, Heriot-Watt University and Orkney Islands Council, as well as multi-national group Doosan Babcock. They are being funded by UK Government agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which recently gave the green light for the next phase of the project.
Energy Voice 5th Feb 2020 read more »